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|Sir Thomas' parting shot. (End of Ch.3)
Written by Rachel G
(9/14/2010 3:14 p.m.)
At the beginning of this read of MP I was feeling rather well disposed towards Sir Thomas, who really wants to do the right thing and is a truly concerned parent. He is is financially quite generous - he would have been glad to help the Prices from the start and later he liberally assists with the education and training of their sons, as well as taking full responsibility for Fanny.
His reasoning when he decides that Fanny should be provided for as a gentlewoman because otherwise taking her from her family would be a cruelty not a kindness suggests that he isn't inconsiderate. Nor is he totally insensitive - when Fanny first arrives he sees that she needs encouragement and tries to put her at her ease.
The gravity of his manner has a repressive effect on the girls and he is not outwardly affectionate, but he doesn't mean to be unkind.
So why on earth, when he is leaving for Antigua, is his parting shot to Fanny a suggestion that she hasn't improved much in the many years since she last saw William? Is this comment meant to be jocular? Or has he become blind to Fanny's need for encouragement?
What do others make of Sir Thomas?
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